Summary Of Lewis Hamilton's British GP Win A Week Ago
A week ago Sunday, Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car, and it was probably one of the best races ever in which he demonstrated the high level of his driving capability. He was able to lap all but two of the other F1 drivers during the race, which included periods of heavy rain. Hamilton took the chequered flag 68.5 seconds ahead of Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber to complete a total of 60 laps at Silverstone. Rubens Barichello crossed the finish line third in the Honda, ahead of fourth place Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari and also Heikki Kovalainen, who finished fifth in the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. The win put Lewis in the lead of the championship standings with 48 points and tied with Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen from a points perspective.
The start of the 2008 British Grand Prix had Heikki Kovalainen in his first ever pole position in the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Heikki was off the starting line in first place and Lewis Hamilton managed to significantly improve his fouth place grid position by passing Raikkonen's Ferrari and Mark Webber's Red Bull Renault to take second place by the first corner.
On Lap 5, Lewis passed Heikki to take the lead and started to increase the gap between himself and his team mate. On Abbey corner, Heikki spun his car and lost a position to Raikkonen, but was able to re-join the circuit in third place. By Lap 21, it was a close race between Hamilton and Raikkonen and both cars pitted at the same time with Hamilton having an 8.0 second pit and he was able to exit the pits in front of Raikkonen, maintaining a small lead. On Lap 23 it started to rain and Lewis was now 4.6 seconds in front of Raikkonen.
The race order changed on Lap 27 as Heidfeld and Heikki passed Raikkonen and Heidfeld was also able to double up and pass Heikki at the same time. Heidfeld was now in second place behind Hamilton. Lap 37 saw the rain transform to heavy rain and Lewis had some trouble and went wide into the grass but joined the circuit again still in the lead by 26 seconds. Lewis took a pit stop a lap later that amounted to 7.3 seconds, but still held his lead as he exited the pits to re-join the race ahead of Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber.
Hamilton kept the pace right up to the finish line at Lap 60 and crossed 68.5 seconds ahead of Heidfeld to with the 2008 British Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton's comments about the race were as follows:
"This was the toughest race but also one of the best ones I have driven. It was so extreme and slippery out there, very similar to the Japanese Grand Prix in Fuji last year. I had troubles with my visor and tried to clean it a couple of times. I thank my team for a great job; they did fantastic work and we always made the right decisions with the tyres in the difficult conditions. When I came round the last time, I saw the crowd standing up and I prayed 'Just finish, just finish.' It was a very emotional moment to win my home grand prix and I want to dedicate this victory to my family."